|The Sound of Young America: Ancient Videos - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
A small collection of ancient videos from the Sound of Young America Archives.
|The College Years: Podcast: The College Years: RIP Hedberg - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jesse sadly announces Mitch Hedberg's passing and reflects on his work as a comedian. Then comedian Al Madrigal speaks about his upcoming appearance at the 826 Valencia Comedy Benefit and also takes time to look back at Hedberg's life. Then comedian and radio host Mark Maron talks about his experience as a radio personality and role in comedy.
|The College Years: Dustin Diamond Day - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
This week, an interview with one of America's favorite icons, Dustin Diamond. Jesse, Gene and Jordan talk with Screech about how he chooses work, his band and the Milwaukee Metal Fest as Gene tries to derail "Choo Choo!". Please note this is a repost.
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|The College Years: Sep 26 2004: It's All Politics! - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Listen in as Jesse Thorn and special guest host, Maria Schell welcome truly talented people on The Sound of Young America. You can look forward to writer Kristin Gore, funnyman Patton Oswalt, and graphic novelist Art Spiegelman on this week's show.
|The College Years: Aug 19 2004: Hello Possums! - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
In this episode, Jesse starts things off with a celebration of the music of Randy Newman. Then, cartoonist Dan Piraro talks about Bizarro and politics. Also, Dame Edna Everage graces the show with her presence.
|The College Years: Jul 8 2004: First Impressions - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
In this episode, Jesse welcomes writer Joanne Gilbert, comedian Jeff Richards, and writer-comedian Harmon Leon.
|The College Years: Apr 7 2005: Baseball - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jesse speaks with Tim and Eric, about their early love for the game, and their intense trivia knowledge of it. Then Will Carroll talks to Jesse about the current steroid issue in baseball. They discuss local baseball teams of the Bay area, as well as injury and trading reports. Lastly, Jesse talks to Bill Lee about what it's like to get older but still love playing the game of baseball enough to continue.
|The College Years: Apr 4 2002: Lost & Found - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Guest Davy Rothbart of Found Magazine. Jesse, Jordan and Gene listen to some found audio with Davy and Sasquatch, who only has fake audio.
|The College Years: Feb 17 2005: The Sound of Young American Splendor - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
In this episode, Jesse recalls an interview he and Jordan conducted with Colin Meloy, singer/songwriter of The Decemberists. Then Jesse interviews Harvey Pekar, best known for his autobiographical "American Splendor" comic series.
|The College Years: Sep 27 2001: The Boys Are Back in Town - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
After a long summer hiatus, Gene, Jordan and Jesse return with a vengeance. The first ever appearance of "Hang It Up" (before "Keep It Up" was even a glimmer in Jesse's eye). The XXXTreme Weatherman. Traffic from the Foppish Dandy. Also: a quiz bowl between Dan and the head of the UCSC Cheer Squad.
|The College Years: Sep 26 2002: Cult of Personality - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Comedian Louis CK joins Jesse, Gene, and Jordan on this week's installment, with a special appearance by JB Smooth, but before that: A tribute to Adam West and "Who Would Win in a Fight?" with Jim. All this and more on this week's The College Years.
|The College Years: Sep 2 2004: Chosen People - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
In this edition of The College Years, special guest-host Kathi Kamen-Goldmark joins Jesse as they welcome a few chosen people on The Sound of Young America. First, Jesse and Kathi talk to Chris Jackson from H.O.P.E. in America about Paris Hilton's 2004 dallience with literature. Right after that, Count Bass D drops some knowledge on the show. And to end things, Sarah Silverman graces the show with her funny.
|The College Years: Sep 1 2003: USA A-OK - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Step right up for a heck of a show, folks! This week: professional namer Dave Hurlbert and "Big Time" Gene O'Neil are interviewed by your hosts Jordan and Jesse. Also in this spectacular spectacle: Jim Real's Would You Rather and campaign commercials.
|The College Years: Jul 22 2004: Mashup - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Co-hosted by Jamis MacNiven, W. Kamau Bell, and Al Madrigal, this week's show has filmmaker Tyler MacNiven, author Steve Almond, artist Marc Horowitz, and musicians Tony Goldmark and Jacob Slichter.
|The College Years: Jul 15 2004: Mad Libs - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Co-hosted by Brian Lane and Arthur Gauss, this week's show has artist Brandon Bird, author Geoffrey Nunberg, and comedians Jimmy Pardo and Shelley Berman.
|The College Years: Jun 6 2002: David Cross, Reel Big Fish and Adam West's Divine Hand - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Guests David Cross and Reel Big Fish. Gene and Jordan, minus Jesse and plus Brian, get to talk to David Cross until an alarm sound cuts off the interview. They finish up with an extended interview with ska band Reel Big Fish. But first, "The Divine Hand of Adam West"!
|The College Years: Jun 17 2004: God Bless America - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Historian Kenneth C. Davis & Comedian Patton Oswalt on the show. PLUS some standup by "The Jazz Comedian" Franklyn Ajaye.
|The College Years: May 9 2002: The Dee Dee Ordeal - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Without guest Dee Dee Ramone. Jesse, Gene and Jordan try to obtain an interview with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dee Dee Ramone, but they repeatedly fail in hilarious fashion.
|The College Years: May 6 2004: R.O.C.K! - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Our rock star friend, Andrew W.K., give's Jesse's little brother Brendan some rock n roll advice. Brendan Thorn (aka Eddy Demon) is the frontman of the band Total Annihilation.
|The College Years: May 3 2001: Birthday Party! - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jordan's birthday is celebrated, as we take calls with birthday gifts.
|The College Years: May 31 2001: Mace Detective - School Year Finale - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
May 31st, 2001. The school year was ending, and with it, our first few months of The Sound of Young America. We closed with a bang -- our original radio drama, Mace Detective, Private Detective. And more.
|The College Years: May 27 2004: Come Fly With Me - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Comedians Jasper Redd & W. Kamau Bell on the show, PLUS a contest to win a chance to fly with Jesse on a WW2 Red Baron Pizza biplane!
|The College Years: May 24 2001: Battle of the Boyfriends - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
This week, Jesse and Jordan battle it out -- who is the best boyfriend? Our guests are their girlfriends. Gene, single, joins in the grilling. Jordan's girlfriend was still in high school at the time. Jesse's girlfriend had flown in from New York. Five years later, this whole show is very embarassing for all involved.
|The College Years: May 23 2002: Talk Radio - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jordan, Gene and Jesse make bold proclamations usually reserved for talk radio. But this time, they're taking it to you!
|The College Years: May 20 2004: Sticking it to The Man - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Today's Theme is: Sticking it to The Man. With guests Michael Slack & Rich Stimbra of the San Francisco Comedy College, and Davy Rothbart of FOUND! Magazine.
|The College Years: May 17 2001: Crime and Punishment - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Some amazing tales this week. Jordan talks about getting put in Disneyland jail for using a bubble pipe. Gene talks about trying to convince an authority figure that he was holding something other than what was quite obviously a beer. Jesse talks about the time his mother got arrested for robbing a bank. Plus Vanessa sits in, and we hear from the Evil Computer Bent on World Destruction.
|The College Years: May 10 2001: Battle of the Dads - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jesse and Jordan's respective dads battle for Dad supremacy. Listeners call in and share amazing dad stories. One of the all-time great Sound of Young America episodes.
|The College Years: Apr 8 2004: NEW new - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
In today's episode: The Sound of Young America boys showcase some of their comedy chops with their sketch group Prank The Dean. Also an interview with Santa Cruz's long-form sketch group Freefall.
|The College Years: Apr 3 2003: Sexiness - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Spooky Suicide and Katie Suicide of The Suicide Girls join Jordan and Jesse for this arousing episode of The College Years. Also in this episode: Jim Real's famed "Would You Rather?", Erotic Confessions, Point/Counterpoint: Sexual intercourse or the new Zelda game?, and A Tribute to France.
|The College Years: Apr 29 2004: FOOD: - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Today's theme is FOOD - Our guest is Jamis McNiven, eccentric restaurant mogul of Bucks of Woodside and the author of Breakfast at Bucks: Tales From the Pancake Guy.
|The College Years: Apr 25 2002: Guys in Their Underwear - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Guest Swamp Dogg. Jordan and Gene talk to Inspector 14, inspector of undergarments, while Jesse is suspiciously quiet. Later, soul legend Swamp Dogg candidly talks about his bizarre career in music, as the guys intermittently play some of his songs.
|The College Years: Apr 22 2004: A Doozy - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Hang It Up / Keep It Up - PLUS: Andrew W.K rocks The Sound of Young America.
|The College Years: Apr 19 2001: New York, New York - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
On this Sound of Young America: The College Years, we celebrate America's Greatest City: New York, New York. Sorry for feed troubles earlier this week, this should be fixed. This includes taking travel tips from listeners, and calling various offices in the New York tourism department, trying to get them to reccomend a phone booth that we can use for a simulcast. As it turns out, there is a phone booth in the ground floor of the Empire State Building, but there is not one on top...
|The College Years: Apr 18 2002: Cartoons - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
The guys talk animation, including an interview with animator Liz Holtzman and botching contests with Spike Decker of Spike & Mike' Film Festival.
|The College Years: Apr 17 2003: Superheroes - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
A star-studded episode of The College Years, hosted by Jesse and Jordan, featuring Patton Oswalt and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, a rock and roll band. Bold statements and double-decker tacos--just two of the many things you'll hear in this blast from the past.
|The College Years: Apr 15 2004: Pathetic! - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Today's Theme: Pathetic! Tales of a woe and failure. Featured guest is The Onion's Maria Schneider: She's the creator of the comic strip Pathetic Geek Stories.
|The College Years: Apr 12 2001: Gene Falls In Love - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Gene meets the girl of his dreams, as we discuss decency and indecency.
|The College Years: Apr 1 2004: April Fools! - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
In today's episode: What type of girl is best? Sarah Silverman is best. Also writer/musician Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan discusses his book "Blue Wizard Is About To Die! which is a poetry book... about video games.
|The College Years: Apr 11 2002: The 50 States - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Guest David Wain of Stella and The State. Jesse, Jordan and Gene talk to the new state bird of California and the old one; later, David Wain talks to the guys about why The State was so good and not currently on the air.
|The College Years: Mar 7 2002: That's Entertainment! - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Guest Mike Nelson. Jesse, Jordan and Gene talk to the former head writer and host of Mystery Science Theater 3000 about his books and "Choo Choo!".
|The College Years: Mar 3 2005: Literary Magic - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jesse talks to Amy Krouse Rosenthal, writer of numerous books for children and adults, host of NPR's Mission Amy KR, and creator of numerous short films. Next Jesse talks to Ricky Jay: magician, author, actor and historian.
|The College Years: Mar 25 2004: Making The World A Better Place - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Brian "Back In Business" Lane covering for Jordan Morris in this installment of TSOYA. With guest Patton Oswalt and the comedy stylings of Jesse's little brother: Brendan Thorn.
|The College Years: Mar 24 2005: Rebirth - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jesse talks to New York writer, artist, and musician Paul D. Miller, AKA DJ Spooky. Then writer Sharon Waxman talks about her book Rebels on the Backlot, which discusses the indie film explosion of the mid 1990's.
|The College Years: Mar 17 2005: My My Marmot - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jesse speaks with the founders of the Lebowski Fest, Will Russell and Scott Shuffitt. Then, author Seth Greenland talks about his book Shining City. Finally, callers call in to talk about marmots! What's a marmot, you ask? Listen to find out! Or google it.
|The College Years: Mar 15 2001: Official Things - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jesse, Jordan and Gene pick official things of The Sound of Young America.
|The College Years: Mar 14 2002: We Love Dave Attell Again - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Guest Dave Attell. Gene, Jesse and Jordan go through a roller coaster of emotions before speaking to the host of Insomniac, making Jesse cry in the process.
|The College Years: Feb 7 2002: Go On Home You Foreign Communist! - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
The guys find the perfect makeout song and give rock & roll facts, while Jordan tries to push a new catchphrase.
|The College Years: Feb 6 2003: Winners Win Big - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Richard Montoya of Culture Clash guests on this episode of The College Years, hosted by Jesse and Jordan. Also in the episode: giving away a lot of tickets.
|The College Years: Feb 5 2004: The High Five Club - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jesse and Jordan interview Teddy from The Gaskets and hold a contest for Willl Durst tickets. Good times and Capri Suns.
|The College Years: Feb 5 2004: Good Friends and Good Times - Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun|
Jesse and Jordan host this College Year with rock and roller and high five ambassador Teddy from The Gaskets. Throw in some ticket giveaways, some music, and some mocktails and you've got a hell of a show.